Alabang is so far from my place that I'd feel overly burdened to go there if it's not worth it. Work for most of the time made me travel there - and before I do go home, I'd plan ahead and make sure I discover something different, something that would impress my friends, my workmates, my family and my own taste buds. That's not hard to do mind you, but I guess there's an underlying notion of it being "worth it" before I do actually enjoy it this time because I traveled far for it. This is one of them, it's called AKROTIRI which serves modern Eurasian cuisine.
Set at the sprawling Filinvest business district at Commercenter in Alabang, this place is known for a small mall (by Philippine standards) and the neighboring food establishments. I have frequented this place in the past as I was staying in nearby hotels, so do expect people from neighboring towns, tourists and expats as well.
Akrotori is a cozy little place that could sit 50-60 people. It's got fancy - proper seating, a huge bar and a small function room upstairs for private parties. It's perfect for small events and you can even fit a stage inside since it's got pretty high ceilings. They didn't shortchange in design because the whole place wreaks of a modern bistro - added with a look of an English pub you would often see in that region. Ahh I can still remember the few drinks I had there, I was in tipsy heaven!
The food is exquisite, albeit being a little pricey, you would see their servings are actually large. They use the freshest ingredients - and quality wise, it's worth it! I would never hesitate to take a few family members here to enjoy the food. It's fusion so I think it's easy to adapt with flavors that are used in the west, a hodgepodge of taste and cooking techniques that are familiar in Europe - all here in Manila.
|The Grilled Squid stuffed with Feta Foam and Black Ink Risotto was a good starter. It's slightly fishy because of obvious reasons, soft and the risotto was comforting. Make sure you have this while it's hot.|
|Dessert was a no brainer because this Chocolate Garden Mosaiko like milk chocolatle, it looked like garden soil but people had spoonfulls, your kids would love this too.|
|I admit I'm not much of a matcha lover, but for those who do it would be nice to get the Green Tea Tiramisu. It's foamy and not too sweet, but you have the small bits of chocolate to do the sweetness part otherwise.|
|I liked the Beef Shank Dumpling in Red Turmeric Sauce too as they did it with bold flavors. Think of it as your usual meaty dumpling enveloped in warm moderately spicy sauce, totally good on a rainy day!|
|For a more Asian flair, the Chicken Satay Skewers with rice, curry sauce and grilled vegetables reminds me of nights in Kuala Lumpur. It's soft, pretty tasty. I dig it without the rice, but for you normal people, please do.|
|Thick and tasty Grilled Salmon Fillet with Tzatziki-Wasabi Dressing and Fried Rice. I like the crust and meaty amount of salmon on the plate. This takes skill to perfect, and this wasn't bad. I'd opt for any protein but this is the healthy option.|
|For a Filipino twist, get the Sisig Tacos with Pork Belly, peppers, red cabbage and lettuce for your starters. This would be awesome with drinks too so if you're alone in the bar, get this to accompany you. Not even joking.|
|For the health freaks, try the Quinoa with Cucumber, Corn, Carrot, Ginger, Cabbage, Chives with Lemon Dressing. It's fresh tasting, not extremely heavy on the belly, but really filling. Try it with the other viands and start your meal with it.|
|For a light lunch or dinner, you may opt for the Organic Salad with Mixed Greens, vegetables, Sunflower seeds, citrus dressing. You don't have to have meat to enjoy your meal, give in.|
|For a more Greek experience, try the Watermelon Salad, feta cheese, lettuce, walnuts with balsamic dressing. Ask for more walnuts because you're going to finish this plate in no time.|
|This is Mussels sauteed with white wine, ginger and garlic. Best when hot, as airconditioning may be a tad too cold in the place make sure you have it in bowls and shared as soon as it lands on the table.|
|This is their Shellfish Saute, it's got crabs, huge shrimps, mussels, clams, doused with white wine. Pretty good dish to impress those seafood loving friends.|
|This spice rack is displayed on the second floor, where the function room is. I suggest you reserve this for groups 12-15, which I think could fit that table.|
|This is the stairs to the second floor, their kitchen is just on the right side so expect action from the servers and chefs who often go up and down this side of the restaurant.|
|Thank you General Manager David Jones for taking good care of me while I was at the bar. The place was jam packed in the evening, so make sure you get a cozy place to drink and socialize. I think in special occasions, they have entertainment/ acoustic musicians to make your night a little better.|
|Order the drink Pimm's if you want something a little stronger than the usual. Or in any case, ask the bartender so he could whip up something good for you. He's quite good at it!|
So for those who want good food, good cocktails paired with good friends and company, try to go to AKROTORI Modern Eurasian Cuisine at Commercenter in Alabang. Things may be moderately pricey but the servings are big. You can share most of the dishes, service is fast, this may well be a gem in the rough, but worthy to go too all the way down south. I surely had a few drinks, enjoyed it with a couple of other blogger friends that evening. Take time out of your busy schedule if you're in a business trip in this side of Manila, because you deserve it all.
Again, AKROTIRI Modern Eurasian Cuisine is located at the Commerce Center, Commerce Avenue corner Filinvest Avenue in Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila (view map above). You may also visit their website at akrotiri.ph or call them to reserve via (02) 851 54 49. They are open mall times 11AM–11PM, but they have an exit of their own so you could probably enjoy a little more in the wee hours.
Trust me on the booze! It's darn good!
Trust me on the booze! It's darn good!